This year, since I can’t report from E3 like I’d hoped, I’m in the internet bleachers! For those who don’t know, E3 is a yearly video game conference where developers come together and try to pimp their wares for the next 12 months.
Today, I watched the Sony Press Conference. It’s been said that Sony need to pick up their game since the release of the Sony PlayStation Vita has been more than underwhelming, but with an exciting array of games that includes a new God of War game, Sony may just be hitting their prime.
They’ve invested heavily in cross-platform gaming by releasing games on both their PS3 and Vita consoles which would be the saving face of Vita.
The conference started with Jack Tretton (President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America) talking about how E3 is our Super Bowl and how Gamers are dedicated. He spoke about Sony being there with E3 right from the start and that what they have lined up is their best yet.
Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream showcased their new IP Beyond: Two Souls. Indie movie darling Ellen Page plays the new character of Jody Holmes and follows her story over 15 years. With the footage shown of this new Vita IP, it’s reminiscent of LA Noire. The style of graphics, using real actors and motion captive tech, it’s very uncanny valley.
Next, the presentation moved onto PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Possibly the less said the better. Yeah, this is a CRTL+C/CTRL+V of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl with a point’s system. PlayStation keep talking about being revolutionary but when it comes to a smash-‘em up game, there’s nothing new. However, the idea of cross-gaming is something to get excited about and may just push Vita over the edge. The ability to have your Vita friends play with you on your PS3 is something that a lot of developers have tried to get working but failed to do so. (Microsoft, I’m looking at you here.)
Finally, the thing that caught my was the fact that Assassin’s Creed is getting another tie-in game that will be featured on the Vita along with the release of Assassin’s Creed 3. Assassin’s Creed: Liberation is setting a new standard for the series as it will feature a female assassin in the main role.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am over Assassin’s Creed. With 27ish pieces of media in the series, I’m drowning in Ass and it’s kind of lame. Not to mention that I’m incredibly disappointed that such a change is happening for a console that has barely done anything. Having a major character change on a handheld console seems like Ubisoft and PlayStation are shooting themselves in the collective foot.
For now, I’m under-whelmed by what Sony presented the crowd with but it’ll be interesting to see how the tech side of the presentation (Cross-gaming) will work out. It worked pretty well in the demo, but to see it work in an unrehearsed environment is something completely different.
<b>Edit:</b> Changed stuff around for the paragraph concerning Beyond: Two Souls. Mistook it for a Vita Release.